Five governors, at a school that was controversially closed, have resigned.

In March this year it was announced that St Bees School, in west Cumbria, would be closed because of falling pupil numbers.

The decision proved controversial, and the governors faced fierce criticism from parents of pupils, and campaigners.

The school will remain closed for the next academic year, but a project team set up to analyse the options revealed it could re-open in 2017.

Four new governors have been appointed to the school's governing board.

They are:

  • Mr Anthony Fox

  • Mr Shaun Kelso

  • Mr Alastair Lord

  • Ven Dr Richard Pratt

The Ven. Richard Pratt has been elected as Chairman of the new Board of Governors.

It will include the four new governors, and Mr Mark Roberts (who was newly appointed in March 2015), the Lord Bishop of Carlisle, and the Lord Lieutenant - the latter two being ex officio.

The new board have said they want the school site to be used for educational purposes in the future, if possible:

It is the new Board’s intention, having regard to the objects of the School Charity, that the School site should in the future, and if that is feasible, be used for educational purposes. A number of opportunities have been identified by the Project Team previously established to consider the School’s future. The new Board will be developing and assessing these opportunities in due course.

St Bees School Governors